Peer Liaisons

Peer Liaisons (PLs) are upper-level students at Yale College who help connect first-years to the wealth of support and programming based in the LGBTQ Resource Center, the University Chaplain’s Office, the Office of International Students and Scholars, the Afro-American Cultural Center, the Asian American Cultural Center, the La Casa Latino Cultural Center, and the Native American Cultural Center. Each PL program is run differently, but all are designed to help first-years feel supported and integrated into the Yale College community.

Aarjav Joshi

Pierson PL: Aarjav Joshi

Pronouns: he/him

Hometown: Cupertino, CA

Major: Economics?

Quarantine hobby? Watching, playing, and talking basketball

Favorite spot on campus? Any place with good mission burritos and secure WiFi connection for me to watch Succession or a basketball game.

Hello everyone! My name is Aarjav Joshi and I am a JE sophomore from the Bay Area, serving as your Pierson PL! I’m looking to major in economics for a career in urban policy, and outside of class I’m fortunate to write with our humor magazine, The Record, and work with New Haven’s Office of Homelessness. Other than that, I like to open Atlantic articles in new tabs but never read them, employ semicolons and em-dashes in text messages, abuse the hints on crossword puzzles, obsess over Warriors basketball, spend time outside before the allergies kick in and promote the use of the Oxford comma. All that aside, I’m very fortunate to be working with the AACC this year – this organization and its PLs were instrumental in helping me relax and feel welcome amidst freshman burnout. Please reach out – I’d love to talk, especially over food!

Alice Geng

Morse PL: Alice Geng

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: Rochester, MN

Major: Economics and Statistics & Data Science

Quarantine hobby? Making kimchi, running, watching an absure number of K-dramas, and sleeping

Favorite class? Game Theory

Hi Class of 2025! Welcome to Yale! My name is Alice, and I’m the PL for Morse. I will be a junior this fall and likely will double major in Economics and Statistics & Data Science. On campus, I am involved with the Chinese American Students Association (CASA), Yale College Council (YCC Senate), and a few campus consulting groups. I like to try new recipes, explore art museums, and keep up with the NBA in my free time. I also spend way too much time growing my plant collection. If you have any questions or just want to chat, please feel free to reach out to me. I can’t wait to plan fun social events (with lot’s of food of course) for you all. Excited to be supporting all of you through your first year at Yale! 

Andrea Lee

Benjamin Franklin and Grace Hopper PL: Andrea Lee

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: Manila, Philippines

Major: Global Affairs

Favorite food? Filipino sisig with garlic rice 

Favorite class at Yale? The Environmental History of South and Southeast Asia

Hey Class of 2025! I’m Andrea, a rising sophomore in Pauli Murray studying global affairs. I was born in Manila and have spent the last nine years living there. For the ten years before that, my family moved around the US spending time in Philadelphia and Chicago. I know how hard moving to a new place can be, so feel free to reach out to me for tips on building a new home at Yale! On campus, I’ve produced podcasts at the Yale Daily News, acted badly in a canceled Dramat production, read way too many zoning codes for Yale Policy Institute research, and am a proud member of KASAMA: The Filipinx Club at Yale. I’m always down to try something new and would love to talk to you about my experiences so far (my pandemic hobby is roller skating— anyone wanna come to a roll out with me?). I cannot wait to welcome you all to campus, and if it’s not a public health risk, invite you over to my suite for karaoke night (yes, I did bring a karaoke machine all the way from home). 

Angelreana Choi

Pauli Murray PL: Angelreana Choi

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: Springfield, MO

Major: Economics and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration

Favorite food? Pad Thai

Favorite spot on campus? Marble benches outside of Commons at night

Hi Class of 2025! My name is Angelreana, and I am a junior in Pauli Murray College studying Economics and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. I am so excited to meet you and be the Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin PL this year! I grew up in Rolla, a small rural town in Missouri, but now live in Springfield, MO. On campus, I have worked on the AACC’s Center Staff for the past two years, am involved in the Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund’s Community Investment team, prepare taxes for New Haven community members through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), and run my own Asian storytelling podcast, Homecoming. Whether you’re in Murray/Franklin or not, I’m looking forward to supporting you in any way that I can. I can’t wait to meet you in person, cook and bake with/for you, attend events with you, and help make your first year as fun/exciting/enjoyable as possible!

Caroline Crystal

Grace Hopper PL: Caroline Crystal

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: New York, NY

Major: Global Affairs, History

Favorite class? Poverty and Social Welfare Policy in the United States

Favorite food? Sticky rice with mushrooms, chestnuts and lap cheong. I also love coffee ice cream!

Hi everyone!! My name is Caroline, and I’m a rising senior in Grace Hopper College studying Global Affairs and History. I love making spotify playlists, cooking and listening to vox podcasts. I also love dancing badly, hugging tightly and chatting in the dining hall for hours. At Yale, I’m involved in Asian-ish (the mixed Asian group on campus!), research with the Jackson Institute and all things Hopper – especially IMs! I can’t wait to get to know all of you!!! <3

Jenny Tan

Saybrook PL: Jenny Tan

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: Herndon, VA

Major: Chemistry, Statistics & Data Science

Favorite food? Popcorn

Favorite book? A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Welcome to Yale, class of 2025! I’m Jenny, a rising Junior in Saybrook College from northern VA (just outside of D.C.). My academic interests are chemistry applied to medicine and healthcare administration. On campus, I am involved with the Chinese American Students Association (CASA), Yale Scientific Magazine, chemistry research, and learning about investing. In my free time, I love baking, crocheting + other grandma hobbies, and visiting coffee shops. I am beyond excited to support you and help you navigate your first year. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions about any of my experiences or want to talk about life/anything at all. So so much love for you already, and I cannot wait to meet you! 

Jocelyn Zhou

Ezra Stiles PL: Jocelyn Zhou

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: Brookline, MA

Major: Undeclared (who knows lol)

Favorite food? Anything spicy or chocolate covered espresso beans!

Favorite book? Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart or Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Hello! I’m Jocelyn, and the PL for Stiles. I’m super excited to meet and hang out with you all in person, especially after the strange and heartbreaking year we’ve all just survived. I’ll be an off-cycle junior who’s explored a bunch of different majors – so hit me up for tips about navigating academic paths! – but in general, I’m interested in storytelling and cross-cultural understanding. On campus, some things I’m involved with are the Chinese American Student Association and slam poetry with Jook Songs. Otherwise, you’ll find me chasing after dogs to give them many pats, binging anime, or trying to find the best places to blow bubbles – all things I’d love to share with you :) Welcome, and thanks for letting me be a part of your Yale experience!

Josh Nguyen

Berkeley PL: Josh Nguyen

Pronouns: he/him

Hometown: Iowa

Major: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Favorite food? Arethusa Chocolate Ice Cream

Favorite TV Show/Movie? Marvel stuff (I just finished WandaVision – so good!)

Hiiiii and welcome to Yale! My name is Josh, and I’m a junior in Hopper College studying Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. I’m also a pre-dental (or maybe pre-med? still figuring that out lol) student. On campus, I’m a part of the Yale Concert Band, Hangarak (Korean acapella group), Yale Outdoors, and am also an undergraduate researcher at the med school. Some things I enjoy are long walks, exploring, watching YouTube drama, and spending WAYYYY too much time on TikTok. My PLs and mentors have helped me so, so much during my time at Yale, and I’m incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to meet you and help you thrive here! I’m always here for support and feel free to reach out about absolutely anything! 

Joy Yun

Jonathan Edwards PL: Joy Yun

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Major: Neuroscience and Religious Studies

Favorite food? Tteokbokki and samgyetang (Korean food!)

Favorite class at Yale? North Korea and Religion

Hi Class of 2025! My name is Joy, and I’m the PL for Jonathan Edwards (JE SUX!!). I’m a rising sophomore in Jonathan Edwards studying Neuroscience and Religious Studies, and I’m absolutely ecstatic to meet you all and show you all the wonderful things here at your new home :) On campus, I’m involved with the Korean American cultural group, STAND for Comfort Women, Hangarak (a Korean a cappella group), and Kappa Kappa Gamma. In my free time, I love to procrastinate on homework by binge watching kdramas, listening to kpop, going on (very) long walks, and baking macarons. But my favorite pastime is spending quality time with people - I’m always down to grab a meal or coffee/tea and talk about life! Just as I know you all are excited to begin your journey here at Yale, I can’t wait to get to know each and every one of you very soon! Please feel free to reach out to me anytime to chat, ask for advice, share life updates, or to just have a study buddy :D

Linda Thach

Davenport PL: Linda Thach

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: Danbury, CT

Major: Economics and Pre-Medicine

Favorite food? Banh Tam Bi, Sushi, Hot pot, anything Seafood

Favorite class? Race, Politics and Law with Professor HoSang

Hellllooooo everyone! :) My name is Linda Thach, I am a rising Senior (omg?) in Davenport College studying Economics and on the Pre-Medical track. I was born and raised in Danbury, CT, which is about an hour away from New Haven. I grew up in a Cambodian-Chinese/Vietnamese immigrant household, with non-English speaking parents so I am fluent in my mother tongue, Khmer. I am an FGLI (first generation, low income) college student, so I know how nerve-racking it is trying to prepare to enter an elite space like Yale. Everything you’re feeling is valid, but please do not stress yourself out trying to plan out everything prior to starting college. (that’s what I did). There is beauty in not knowing and just allowing things to happen. Trust the process, try your best, and enjoy it all while you can! On campus, I am involved in several organizations including Alliance of Southeast Asian Students (aka ALSEAS, *PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU’RE SOUTHEAST ASIAN*), Yale Bleeds, Camp Kesem, Matriculate, Smart Woman Securities, and Yale Patient Navigator Program. I also spent a good amount of my time at Yale involved in wet-lab and Economics research. I am SO excited to meet you all SO soon. I remember how hectic and crazy first-year was, so please reach out if I can support you in any way at all, whether it be a quick chat, studying together, spilling tea, hanging out, cooking, taking a walk, grabbing a meal, or sitting together and crying because first-year is a difficult transition, because… same. Also, please don’t be shy even if you want to just say HI!!!! <3 See you all soon!

Mark Deng

Silliman PL: Mark Deng

Pronouns: he/him

Hometown: Beijing, China

Major: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Quarantine hobby? Baking fresh scones and bagels; indoor gardening

Favorite spot on campus? Lighthouse Point Park during sunset

Hi everyone! My name is Mark, and I’m a junior in Branford, but I’ll be working as the Silliman PL this year. I’m absolutely thrilled to explore the gorgeous Silliman basement with you! I was born and raised in Beijing (18 years there, to be exact). At Yale, I major in MCDB and am (proudly) a member of the pre-med community. I’m involved in cell biology research and sing in a jazz a cappella group called Redhot & Blue. During weekends, I enjoy baking fresh NYC styled everything bagels and exploring Stop&Shop circular coupons for some juicy weekly deals. Look forward to playing some boardgames with you all and exploring Yale free food events together!!

Michael Chen

Trumbull PL: Michael Chen

Pronouns: he/him

Hometown: Alameda, CA

Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and Political Science

Favorite food? Drunken Noodles

Favorite spot on campus? East Rock

Class of 2025! Welcome to Yale! My name is Michael and I’m a junior in Branford College studying Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and Political Science. I’ll be the Trumbull PL this year and I am SO excited to welcome you all to Yale :) On campus, I am involved with the Chinese American Students Association, Dwight Hall, and Matriculate. I’m a big fan of exploring coffee shops, walking around the city, and trying new restaurants, and I can’t wait for you to join me on my mini adventures. As a first-generation low-income student, I know the transition to Yale can be difficult and I’ll always be here to help you navigate Yale’s resources, buy you lots of food, and support you throughout your first year. I cannot wait to meet you soon and don’t hesitate to reach out if you ever need anything <3

Ronak Gandhi

Silliman and Timothy Dwight PL: Ronak Gandhi

Pronouns: he/him

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Major: Humanities

Favorite food? My Grandma’s Dhaal-Bhaat-Shaak-Rotli

Favorite TV Show/Movie? The Dark Knight / Kim’s Convenience

Howdy and welcome to Yale! My name’s Ronak, and I’m excited to be returning to the PL team this year. I’m a part of the South Asian Society and involved with the creative writing scene on campus. I also compete on the curling team–yep, that weird sport with the brooms. When I’m not on the ice, you can find me playing video games with my suitemates, explaining my hot takes in the dining hall, or showing off my lack of coordination on the dance floor. My other hobbies include cooking and hitting the snooze button 5+ times. I’m super excited to come back to campus, and I can’t wait to get to know y’all better. If you’ve got any questions or concerns or just wanna chat (I’m always looking for good TV show recs), definitely reach out!

Ruby Park

Branford PL: Ruby Park

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO (and Los Angeles, CA where I just moved from)

Major: English, Data Science Certificate

Favorite book? On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Favorite artists/bands? Jnené Aiko, Kiana Ledé, george, Paul Kim, BTS

Hey class of 2025! Welcome to Yale and congrats on surviving one of the most chaotic times of this decade. My name is Ruby, and I’m so excited to be the PL for Branford this year! I’m a junior in Branford and was born in Daejeon, Korea, but lived in Los Angeles, CA for the majority of my life. Although my family and I moved to Colorado Springs, CO during the pandemic, I’m still a Cali girl at heart. I’m studying English and data science and really love exploring the impact data has on effective storytelling. Outside of being a Peer Liaison, I’m an Aide at the Branford College Office, the Vice President of STAND with “Comfort Women,” and an Alto 1 singer in the Yale Glee Club. You’ll most definitely find me re-reading my favorite books, singing opera, journaling, or getting boba in my spare time. I can’t wait to come back to campus after my seemingly eternal gap year to meet you all! Feel free to reach out if you’re ever down to cook Korean food, or need advice on navigating your Asian-American identity within a western curriculum! Always eager to support you in all the best ways I can during these confusing times. :)

Saket Malhotra

Benjamin Franklin PL: Saket Malhotra

Pronouns: he/him

Hometown: Chandler, Arizona

Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration; Environmental Studies; Education Studies Scholar

Favorite food? Home-made Sabhudana

Favorite class? Anti-racist Curriculum and Pedagogy

Welcome to Yale Class of 2025!! I’m Saket! I’m a junior in Pauli Murray college studying Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and Environmental Science, and I am an Education Studies Scholar. Outside of being a PL, I am one of the co-moderators for AASA, the Asian American Students Alliance, and in the last two years I have held major roles in our Yale College Council, been a staffer at the AACC, and co-organized the South Asian Youth Initiative conference. I am passionate about bringing political education and all of the resources Yale and the AACC has to offer to all of y’all! Outside of academics and extracurricular stuff I really enjoy working out and cooking Indian food (I plan on making lots of treats for y’all :D)! I cannot wait to meet all of you in person this semester! We will have so much fun supporting each other, learning from one another, and eating together <3

Sophia Lee

Timothy Dwight PL: Sophia Lee

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Major: Psychology and East Asian Studies

Favorite snack? Jelly straws or cups!

Favorite spot to study on campus? The Elm underneath the Commons!

Hi Class of 2025! My name is Sophia, and I’m a junior in Saybrook studying Psychology and East Asian Studies. I am super excited to be returning to this role as the TD PL and can’t wait to meet you all! I’m originally from Seoul, South Korea but have been in the quaint town of Birmingham, AL since elementary school. On campus, I sing with Living Water, dance with Movement, produce podcasts with YDN, and am always attending musical, cultural, and religious events whenever I hear of them. I look forward to this next semester with you all and will (hopefully) get to meet you all soon :)